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LSO Season Opening

Pianist Peter Donohoe

Sir Simon Rattle launches the LSO’s new season with a celebration of British music – including Britten, Tippett and Thomas Adès, plus a world premiere from Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Under Sir Simon Rattle, it’s become traditional to open each LSO season with a celebration of British music, old and new, and this year his choice of pieces ranges from the divine decadence of Thomas Adès’ Powder her Face to Britten’s brilliant workout for full symphony orchestra.

Because British music has never played to stereotypes, these are explosions of colour, created by outsize personalities: whether Tippett’s ecstatic concerto, played by a giant among British pianists, or Thomas Adès’s fabulously raucous tale of a society scandal. But first of all, we’re making history – a world premiere, from one composer to another: Mark-Anthony Turnage’s musical eulogy to Oliver Knussen, one of the most important composers in Sir Simon’s life.

The performance is expected to finish around 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.

Recorded for broadcast by Mezzo

Part of Thomas Adès at 50 at the Barbican

Barbican Hall